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Spotify opens arms to apps

Music streamer turns into apps system
Thu Dec 01 2011, 09:12

MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify wants to be more like Facebook and Apple and has announced that it too is open to apps.

The firm announced the development last night in New York and told people how they will be able to do things like see what music Rolling Stone magazine is recommending and view the lyrics to songs that they like.

"Thanks to Spotify Apps, the best music reviewers can help you discover great music to listen to. Help yourself to recommendations through and We Are Hunted, and expert tips from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Pitchfork," wrote CEO and co founder Daniel Ek in a blog post.

"Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify, created by some of the best and brightest in the world. Each app brings you a new music experience tailored to you."

Spotify is ready with some apps now and also wants developers to create more for it. During a live video broadcast of the event Ek said this is "game-changing for digital music", and in a swipe at Apple said Spotify is a firm that takes a different approach to monetising music.

"Once you take a look, you'll see why we believe this is truly the beginning of something game-changing for digital music," he said, as he explained that the firm will "layer in" "great" and "social" musical experiences.

Twelve applications are live at launch and Spotify users can find them by looking at the left hand pane of the new preview version of the software. They are provided by the firms Billboard, Fuse, The Guardian,, Moodagent, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Songkick, Soundrop, Tunewiki and We Are Hunted. A proper finished version will be rolled out "in days" according to the company.

Introducing the release, Ek said that it could also help stop 'piracy'. µ


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